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Bannockburn & District Garden Club

On a very warm February afternoon members met at the Geelong Botanic Gardens.   Jenny and Liz, guides with the Friends of the Gardens, and Heather, a volunteer who works in the perennial border, were on hand to show us around and answer questions.

The very unusual entrance of the garden has shapes that link it to the nearby waterfront.   A Dragon tree, the symbol of the gardens, has a very prominent position in the world famous 21st century garden, the most recent addition to the gardens.   (In this garden only 1% of the water used in the older more traditional part of the garden is used).   The perennial gardens were a picture with recent rains creating good growth and magnificent colourful blooms.   The Bunya trees were some of the earlier plantings, the nuts were used by the local aboriginal groups trading as a valuable food sauce, and the leaves of the Crinum lily growing in the shade were used as bandages.

The Wollemi pine, only known through fossil records until the Australian species Wollemia nobilis was discovered in 1994 in a temperate NSW forest, was growing well with a good covering of cones.   The Pelargonium house was full of magnificent blooms in a huge variety of colours.   The nearby Gingko tree is thought to be the largest in the country.   We were very fortunate in having the garden’s nursery opened for us and members enjoyed a spending spree.   On our way out we stopped to look at the salvia beds, the gardens holding a collection of these.   We were all glad to get out of the heat and have afternoon tea at the Botanic on Ryrie Café.

For those of you who haven’t visited these wonderful gardens it is well worth a visit and the garden nursery is open for purchasing plants every Wednesday morning 9.30am – 12.30pm.

On Wednesday 29th March many of us travelled by train and tram to the International Flower and Garden Show at the Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens.    We were treated to many stunning floral arrangements,  horticultural student and well known landscaper designed gardens, every possible garden gadget and potted plant imaginable.  Kids and adults alike enjoyed the annual cubby house challenge, where weird and wonderful cubbies are created by leading design and architecture firms for auctioning off in aid of youth homelessness programs.   Other experiences enjoyed were The Bee High Tea, floristry demos, numerous talks by landscaping and gardening experts, as well as many beautiful art and garden sculptures for sale.   A great day was had by all and many a cumbersome purchase as well as numerous plants were brought back home on the train.

Our next meeting is a visit at 1.00pm on Tuesday 2nd May (note a change of date due to Easter and Anzac Day) to the Grinter Garden, 125 Coppards Road, Moolap.   As numbers are required for catering purposes, If you have not already done so, please ring, text or email Lyn of your intention to attend.   Car pool from Lions Park at 12.15pm.


For further information, please phone or email
Lyn 5281 1467   0437 957 595       or
Freda   5281 1907   0414 385 886